Sunday, May 17, 2009

Personalised Notebook

I love notebooks! I always have several lying around the house for all different purposes. I accidentally buy new ones all the time with grand plans for what I am going to use them for, but then I only use a couple of pages and then forget!

This one is one of the Stampin Up On Board Art Journals on page 147 of the catalogue. I'm going to use this at home and at workshops for all my stamping planning. And when I forget, I'll just leave it lying around looking beautiful! These would make a beautiful gift for someone - especially monogrammed like this one is. Maybe for school or preschool teachers? I might start now so that I can have them ready for Christmas!

Cardstock: chocolate chip

DSP: Bella rose, candy lane, pink pirouette patterns

Ink: Riding hood red

Ribbons: chocolate chip grosgrain, riding hood red taffeta, pink pirouette taffeta

Other: flower brad, chipboard letter (non SU)

Little Handbag

How gorgeous is this little bag? It's a case of the one on page 65 of the catalogue. I couldn't resist using Urban Garden for this one. It's a close race between that and Washington Apple for my favourite DSP. Urban Garden won for this bag because it goes so well with the kiwi kiss satin ribbon and the button bouquet. They are two new accessories that I just can't live without!
DSP: Urban Garden
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss
Other: Button Bouquet, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon

Swirly Eggplant

This is one very simple card but I still love it!
It's a fabulous way to start using a wheel - and the so swirly wheel is my absolute favourite. Well, maybe bella's border....or always in bloom......... hmmmm..... definitely my favourite jumbo wheel!
Stamps: So Swirly Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Perfect Plum
Cardstock: Pale plum, elegant eggplant, whisper white
Other: elegant eggplant grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pick A Petal

Do you know there are some really strange bloggers who do weird things like post every day? Strange. I see no problems with once a month! No, actually I would like to post more often but I am just too slack. So I'll make an effort to try harder. Maybe!

Pick a petal is one of the very few existing sets that made it into the current catalogue, so it must be good! I cased this card from the lovely Karen Thomas. As you can see, I was slack once again. I haven't really changed the card other than to use current colours - but that must mean it was really good to start with!!

Stamps:Pick a petal, short and sweet
Ink: Elegant eggplant, riding hood red
Cardstock: elegant eggplant, so saffron, riding hood red, whisper white
Other: elegant eggplant grosgrain ribbon, earth elements button, scallop edge punch, paper piercing tool

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Buttons and Squares

New paper, new colours, new ribbons, new buttons! It's all so exciting and this card uses them all! I cased this from here.. and just changed all the colours.
Cardstock: whisper white, riding hood red, baja blue, pink pirouette
Ink: riding hood red
Stamps: wow flowers
Paper: bella rose, urban garden, pink pirouette patterns
Ribbon: baja blue from Valet originals
Other: button bouquet, scallop square punch

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sweet Stems

I've decided I should regress to school and do some colouring in. The only problem with this is that I am the world's dodgiest colour-inerer. But hey, practice makes perfect, so let's get some new stamp sets!!

So I went through the new catalogue, looking for a set which would be good for me to colour and Sweet Stems fit the bill. There are other stamp sets more specifically designed for colouring, but they aren't always my style. On this one, the flowers are small, so there's only so much colouring I have to do, so it's good my attention span and there's less space to stuff it up!

I used my aquapainter for this, and I picked up some colour from the lid of the inkpads. You just squeeze the ink pad when it's closed, and then some ink will be on the inside of the lid when you open it. You then just dip the brush in and pick up as much colour as you like.

I also loved the opportunity to use some of the new accessories - the paper, ribbon and button are all brand new.

Stamps: Sweet Stems, Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Riding hood red, kiwi kiss, so saffron, basic black
Cardstock: whisper white, riding hood red
Paper:Washington apple
Other: Riding hood red taffeta ribbon, Sahara sand marker, button bouquet

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

That bird......

This is another of the new sets in the new catalogue, called Good Friend. That bird seems to be everywhere at the moment. It's all over splitcoast and all over any Stampin Up blogs from the US, so I thought I should join in the fun.

The bird is stamped in Pacific Point which I think is my favourite of all the new in colours. The versamark stamped shapes on the summer sun and rose red are from the same set. I've also included one of the new flower brads, and I've stamped the sentiment from the window dressing set. Normally I don't go for schmalzy messages, but for some reason that one just works for me!
I realise that colour combo is quite bright and in-your-face, but it's straight off the new combo sheet from SU, so it must be right!
Stamps: Good friend, window dressing
Ink: versamark, pacific point, rose red, summer sun, choc chip
Cardstock: summer sun, rose red, whisper white, pacific point
Other: flower brads, chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon

New Sets! New Sets!

Only 20 more sleeps til we get the new catalogue! Wooohoooo!!!

One of the (many) benefits of being a demonstrator is that we get a little sneak peak of some of the products out of the new catalogue, which we can order in advance. One of the sets is a level 3 hostess set called Window Dressing, which I just couldn't resist! It arrived on Monday and I had to play IMMEDIATELY! The set comes with the window (of course) and assorted little items you can place in the window. Here you can see the cat, and the little girl. It also comes with three sets of words which fit around the top of the window. It's hard to see in the photo, but the words on the left are "You make me smile!"
The card on the right is based on the Mojo Monday sketch challenge for last week, and because the sketch has a big square in the middle, I decided to lop off the top arch on the window.
So exciting getting new sets. I have a couple of others, as well as the new in-colours, so I will hopefully get a few posts out this week so you can have a sneak peak too!
Stamp Sets: window dressing
Ink: black, grey, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, rose red
Cardstock: Whisper white, rose red, chocolate chip, pink pirouette
Other: markers
Stamp sets: window dressing, short and sweet, polka dot, forever flowers
Ink: versmark, basic grey, night of navy
Cardstock: brocade blue, pretty in pink, so saffron, whisper white
Other: pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, markers

Friday, March 6, 2009

Girly Elephant

Well it appears the card in the last post wasn't the workshop card after all. It was this one!

I went back to the old tried and true wild about you. I am not suprised it is staying in the new catalogue. It is such a versatile set for boys, girls and babies. Even adult boys don't mind if you say "Wild About You"....
Cardstock: pretty in pink, basic grey, whisper white, purely pomegranate
Ink: basic grey, purely pomegranate, versamark, pretty in pink
Stamps: Wild about you, birthday whimsy
Other: purely pomegranate ribbon, berry bliss DSP, crystal effects (on the flower - hard to see in the photo)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Garden Whimsy (again)

Welcome to the second instalment in my garden whimsy bonanza! I used the colour wheel to come up with the colour combo. It uses three of my favourite colours so I'm a bit excited!

One of my upcoming hostesses has asked for cards which are suitable to give to little girls. This is quite a challenge for me because I have 2 sons, and 3 brothers and I am totally not girly at all. (It makes you wonder how on earth I got into stamping!) I have been making lots of girly cards lately, trying to find the perfect one for a workshop. This might be it.... I'm not sure... I tend to change my mind from one day to the I guess we'll see!

Stamps: Garden Whimsy

Cardstock: Perfect plum, sage shadow, whisper white, pretty in pink

Ink: versamark, perfect plum, pretty in pink, elegant eggplant

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Garden Whimsy

Can anyone tell me how it is that I have made it through the first 6 months of my Stampin Up life without Garden Whimsy?! I've had it for a whole 2 days now, and I love it so much I have already churned out 5 cards with it.

I also got the colour wheel, and I have to say, when I first looked at some of the combinations, I thought that I had well and truly wasted my money. But now that I have actually used it, I love it as well! The pink/plum/sage is my new favourite colour scheme. (Expect to find that everywhere because I happen to have stock of all those colours.)

I tried to use the rock and roll technique on the card above but I couldn't quite get it to look how I wanted it to. I ended up inking the middle of the card with summer sun and then sponging ruby red around the edges. It seemed to give a better blend. I was quite happy with how this turned out. Even my husband liked this one!

Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Short and sweet

Cardstock: Elegant eggplant, summer sun, ruby red, whisper white

Ink: elegant eggplant, summer sun, ruby red, garden green

Accessories: elegant eggplant grosgrain ribbon

Monday, February 9, 2009

Where to get ideas...........

Notice any eerie similarities between those two cards? Check out the middle card on page 85 of the catalogue. Spooky!!! Actually, not really. Just very uncreative on my part!

One of the most common things I get asked at workshops is "how do you come up with the ideas?" I also hear comments like "I could never think of anything to do". This is how I quite frequently feel, so I just CASE (copy and share with everyone) from all the bountiful stamping resources we have around us!! And the very best place to start looking is your catalogue. It's full name is Idea Book and Catalogue, because that's just what it is!

I went to a demonstrator team meeting a few months ago, and the ever-talented Marelle demonstrated a card using the ocean commotion set. The colours and stamps were different, but the layout was almost exactly the same as the middle card on page 85 of the catalogue. It really showed me just how useful and flexible the catalogue really is, and it inspired me to make the two cards you can see here.

It required minimal thought on my part to come up with two cards which are totally different! One is very feminine (so not me) and one is very kid-ish (no comment). I love them both and neither cost me any creative juices!!!

Other places to check out for inspiration are, (it would take years to get through everything on that site!) and also the blogs of other demonstrators (links are in the sidebar).

So really, there are no excuses! Get stamping!

Stamps: wild about you
Cardstock: real red, wild wasabi, brilliant blue, only orange
Paper: east coast prep
Ink: brilliant blue, real red, wild wasabi

Stamps: polka dot punches
Cardstock: regal rose, certainly celery, blush blossom
Ink: certainly celery, versamark
Other: Half-back pearls, elegant eggplant ribbon, so swirly jumbo wheel

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Rose Red Valentine

Yes, another rose red card!!!

My husband and I generally don't acknowledge valentines day. We're a bit hopeless like that. One year, we didn't even remember our own wedding anniversary, which didn't bother either of us in the slightest! (He is, however, totally in trouble if he forgets my birthday!) So I wasn't going to make any valentine's cards, but my SIL requested one for her upcoming workshop. I was compelled to use rose red (of course!), and I also wanted to make the most of the hearts in polka dot punches set in the sale-a-bration catalogue. This is what I came up with, which I think turned out pretty well.

Cardstock: Whisper white, basic grey, rose red
Ink: rose red, white
Stamps: polka dot punches, short and sweet
Other: rose red wide ds ribbon, linen thread

Rose Red DSP

There are only 2 more months until this year's in colours will be gone forever, so I'm trying to wean myself off purely pomegranate. I've decided to replace my obsession with rose red - which is actually quite close to purely pomegranate, so it's not quite the massive sacrifice I once thought it would be! It has turned out to be quite a helpful decision because two of the new products in the summer mini are rose red - the wide double stitched ribbon and the felt flowers - and I love using both of them.

I think this card is my current favourite. I recently invested in the pretties kit for the first time, and also the rose red dsp. This card uses both, as well as the ribbon from the mini, and I just love how it turned out!

Cardstock: rose red, whisper white, pretty in pink
Paper: rose red dsp
Ink: rose red
Stamps: In the spotlight
Other: rose red ds wide ribbon, half backed pearls, scalloped sqaure punch

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Secret Garden Box

Wow!! What a long time between posts! I've finally decided to be a real demonstrator and do some real workshops, so (in between a couple of little holidays) I have spent the last month making lots of samples and potential workshop make and takes. Obviously none of those have quite made it onto here, but I will attempt to fix that up over the next week or so.

I have always had a bit of a thing for making boxes and bags. I got into this whole papercraft thing in the first place more to make cool boxes than to make cards. The cards have been a very enjoyable side effect!! This one is a bit different for me. Always artichoke and old olive are not really my colours. Green is not me. I never wear green. But I have to say, these two are growing on me. I recently got the secret garden scrapping kit and I just love it!

I went with a belly band so that you don't have to untie the ribbon to open the box. It makes it easier for the lucky recipient to keep the box and use it for jewellery or doo-dads or whatever! I also made the card really small - it's 8cm x 8cm - so it would fit inside. I think it all turned out pretty well ! I might just have to keep it!

Stamps: Short and Sweet, Sprinkles

Cardstock: Always artichoke, old olive, groovy guava

DSP: Secret garden scrapping kit

Ribbon: Old Olive, groovy guava